Home Security, Dogs, and Being Safe

Having a safe home, a safe area, is a critical part of life. When I moved into my current home I considered a security system, as I was living alone. But I really couldn’t afford it. Plus, I had dogs… two at the time. My Shepherd mix Kip, and Lucy, my collie. She was a puppy at the time, though, and Kip was getting old. However, they still barked loudly and I hoped that would deter any burglars. Though I’m always worried that my dogs could be hurt by burglars or thieves.

So anyway, I was crusing the web tonight, wondering if I could find information on how safe your home is if you have a dog. This is an interesting article on dogs and personal security, and which breeds to chose if you are looking to find a dog to protect your home. I will say, I only support some of the things on that page. For starters, I don’t feel like anyone should get a dog with the sole idea of protection. A dog is a living being, and should, first and foremost, be a family member. If you chose to do some protection training with your companion, that is well and good, but finding a positive way to do that can be difficult. Many protection trainers use old style correction training. My trainer has a Belgian Malinois… I love the breed, and almost got one when I was looking at breeds. She does Shutzhund with her dog. And she uses positive training methods.

That page also says that dogs can deter burglars, but they are not the best way to do so. Like I said, if a burglar comes into my home, I fear that if they have a gun, they may shoot my dogs, or myself or my husband, in order to get what they are looking for. And no dog is going to stop a gun.

A security system might be the way to go. Depends on your situation, of course. My parents have a security system, mainly because after my sister was divorced they were worried about him doing something dumb. Fortunately he never did.

I have automatic locks on my car, and I think it’d be great to have them on my house. I would love to have fingerprint locks.. deadbolts, even. They really are not the stuff of the future. Stick your finger on the lock and it recognizes your print, and opens your door. No more looking for lost keys. 🙂

So what do you think about having dogs for security? I am not really all that fond of the ‘protection’ breeds. As you know, I have collies, and they are lovers, not fighters. Though I keep telling them Timmy is in the well and they need to get help, and they just ask me for a bully stick. 😉

5 thoughts on “Home Security, Dogs, and Being Safe”

  1. Hahaha! If someone broke into my house, Moxie would greet them with a kiss and show them where we keep the valuables. A little TOO helpful this one is.

    I generally think its a bad idea to get a dog JUST for protections. Often these dogs aren’t properly trained or socialized and end up hurting/biting innocent people or kids and then they get put down. Not the dogs fault, they were just protecting like they thought they were supposed to do. So sad. Also, all too often these “guard dogs” aren’t properly looked after. Locked in a yard with kibble thrown at them every now and then is no life for a pack animal.

  2. Hahaha! If someone broke into my house, Moxie would greet them with a kiss and show them where we keep the valuables. A little TOO helpful this one is. I generally think its a bad idea to get a dog JUST for protections. Often these dogs aren't properly trained or socialized and end up hurting/biting innocent people or kids and then they get put down. Not the dogs fault, they were just protecting like they thought they were supposed to do. So sad. Also, all too often these "guard dogs" aren't properly looked after. Locked in a yard with kibble thrown at them every now and then is no life for a pack animal.

  3. Hi Rachael, Yeah I agree, too many guard dogs are thrown in the backyard and neglected. 🙁 Dogs need to be part of the family. And I’ve heard of stories of people ignoring their dogs barking… sticking them in the garage to shut them up, and then the burglar knows they are safe and comes in! Ugh.

  4. Hi Rachael, Yeah I agree, too many guard dogs are thrown in the backyard and neglected. 🙁 Dogs need to be part of the family. And I've heard of stories of people ignoring their dogs barking… sticking them in the garage to shut them up, and then the burglar knows they are safe and comes in! Ugh.

  5. It seems to me that you forget to mention that most dogs are protective of their owners and environment. So, of course, some dogs are better for home security and property protection. However, I truly believe in their natural sixth sense of danger. So a well loved dog will instinctively do something to warn it’s family when somethings off.

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